Hello festive friends, I’m back.

I’m back with another festive post and I’m actually (consequently) writing this after consuming my festive favourite, ye olde mulled wine, and feeling the Christmas spirits in full swing. It’s a jolly good feeling I have to say.

Funnily enough I’m typing up this post as today all I can think about is the past week or so and how much festive fun I’ve been having at various Christmas places. Since, I’ve concluded that going to a Christmas market (or few), to consume all of the festive food and drinks is something all of you must tick off your list every December.

I came to this conclusion that festive markets are a ‘must do thing’ after visiting a few different places over the past 10 days or so and I really want to share them so you can visit to, or even something closer to home.

What I’m saying here is, get your butts down to a festive food market or some Christmas stalls ASAP. My plan is to tick off as many as I possibly can before the New Year rolls around, but so far here a few of my favourite festive visits.

Taste of London, Food Festival

A festival dedicated to food… I know what you’re thinking, the best invention ever to exist. Well, you’re right.

I’ve never been to anything other than a festival based on music or beauty, so a food festival was very new to me. I had no idea what to expect and I have to say, it exceeded my expectations by a million. It was everything I hoped for and a hell lot more.

The Taste of London food festival is in Tobacco Docks a few times of year I believe and the Christmas edition in late November is a must for anyone who loves Christmas, food, Christmas, food and oh yeah Christmas and food.

There are endless amount of ‘street but luxury’ food stalls that cover pretty much every cuisine. My favourite dish was the braised slow cooked beef with turmeric, my mouth is watering thinking about it now. Then, there are chocolate stalls, sweet stalls, crisps stalls, you name it, they’ve got it.

Of course, you would find me by the mulled drinks as they’re my absolute favourite. The mulled apple cider from Appletiser was the highlight of the day followed by many dark chocolate treats at Green and Blacks.

I recommend spending an entire day there as there’s so much to see, take it and do. As well as the food and drink stands, they have live music and of course, lots of Christmas lights. The whole venue is just lit up and was the perfect start to the festive season.

I’m already excited for next year, my tummy rumbles just thinking about it. 

Norwich

I’ve visited Norwich a few times but never at Christmas. Since my visit on the first weekend of December, this time is now my favourite time to visit.

My best friend and I headed there for a spa day, an early Christmas present to each other, and little did I know how pretty the town would look this time of year. Why didn’t someone warn me? I was weak at the knees.

I’m a sucker for Christmas as it is but since visiting here during the festive season, I want to go back again already. A day simply wasn’t enough to take it all in.

Each and every shop window is full with gorgeous décor, as well as the streets and the famous Tunnel of Light in the centre of town.

After a much-needed spa day and a yummy brunch at No. 33 Café, we shopped around the shops and markets before sipping on some mulled cider in Playhouse.

Norwich is one of my favourite places to go back to as there are cute finds around every corner and I think they have the cutest tea rooms and cafes going. If you’re a brunch lover like me, head to No. 33 Café and order the eggs and avo on toast, it was a true delight to say the least.

A local garden centre (with a cute café of course)

This may seem like a bit of an odd recommendation if you don’t visit them often, but garden centres always do the best display of Christmas lights, trees and all the rest of it.

Any local garden centre with a café is my idea of the perfect Sunday afternoon. I always pick up so many unique little bits that make each Christmas that bit more special.

I like to visit ones with cute cafés inside. I mean, its not a festive visit without a hot chocolate or mulled drink is it?

Next on my list… Paris. But of course I’m going to save that for a whole separate post. I’ll have a lot to say I’m sure!

Where do you love to visit for all the festivities?

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This post has been one that has been in the making for a little while I must say.

I sat and thought good and hard about what beauty habits I will honestly take into the New Year with me, as it’s quite easy to say you’ll do these things but forget about them, right?

But, now that these habits have been with me a little while now and are my new found loves, I am 99.9999999% certain and I am very willing to stick to them.

First is very important as I put it right here at the top so I cannot forget about it.

Plaits (usually French braids), aka something I need more of in my life. It’s very rare I do anything different to my hair. You know when you get too comfortable with a style and cba to wear anything else, yep that’s me.

So, next year I’m bringing more plaits into my beauty routine. This means I may finally have to learn for myself, because my best friend can’t be on call everyday – or can she?). Anyone with any tips for how to do them yourself and not feel like your arms are going to fall off then please hit me up. I think they’re too cute and anyone can pull them off. I must try out some more variations and actually make an effort with my hair more often.

Fresher makeup. I started this year being the girl who would either go all out with makeup or nothing at all. Its taken me 21 years but I’ve finally got there. I now understand the love for fresher faced makeup.

I brought the love for ‘ heavy evening makeup during the daytime’ into 2017 with me and I’m for sure leaving it behind.

Everyday makeup is finally something I now experiment with – when I can be bothered to do a full face though may I add. I used to think if I was doing my makeup I had to do a smoky eye, winged liner, full contour – you get the idea, the whole works. It got tiring and I fell in love with fresher more minimal makeup.

I’ve found that less base products suits my face better than a full face and wearing less has made me feel more me. Honestly, that is something I never thought I’d say. A few years back I’d feel odd with just a bit of mascara on and would cringe at the fact of doing my makeup without applying foundation. Oh how that’s changed.

Wearing more minimal makeup is actually a blessing in disguise at the end of a long day to as it’s much quicker to remove. It has many benefits I have to admit.

You can see my current makeup routine here in my Winter Makeup Edit.

With fresher makeup I go onto the topic of skincare. I hope that a few skincare newbies and some I’m trying out this month will bring a new and better skincare routine. I came into 2017 with a lazy attitude towards my skincare and it didn’t exactly pay off. I thought I could get away with being quite laid back with it but it resulted in my skin feeling dull, blemish prone and also quite dry sometimes.

Next year I’m aiming to get together my holy grail line up of skincare products for morning and evening and stick to it! Ok, you read it here so it has to happen.

I’ve already found a few new favourites that I’ll be taking into the New Year with me. You can read about one of them here. I don’t go by the ‘New Year, New Me’ rule, I never have. So for now its new year, new skin and I like the sound of that. Brighter skin come at me.

Changing up my scents. Like my skincare routine, I got a bit lazy with my perfumes. As much as I love them, I’d stick to the same one day in day out and when your favourite runs out it’s not fun is it?

This isn’t the real reason I’m changing up my scents (because I’m scared of running out) I just feel a change of scent can really differ your mood for the occasion.

This is one I’ve only been doing for a few weeks now, but I found myself always spraying on the same perfume. Whether it was for an evening out, to pop to town and even for work I’d always grab the same one. I feel that changing up my scent is such a small thing and not necessarily a must people might want to read about but I’m sure theres a few of you out there guilty of the same thing.

Changing up my perfumes will differ my mood and using one a little bit more special for special occasions is what they’re for. I have gathered quite the collection from using the same one to it’s best I start opening them up.

Lastly is one I’ve spoken about before on here but it’s one I never thought I’d want to stick to. However, I am quite addicted to it.

Moisturising my entire body on a daily basis. As simple as this might be to those that have always done it, I know, I’m a bit late to the bandwagon. And for those who think wtf, can I really be bothered? Yes you can.

If it weren’t for my newfound gem I probably wouldn’t have stuck to it for so long. I use the Vaseline Spray & Go Cocoa Radiant Moisturiser. Yes you read that right, a spray on moisturiser. It’s a dream come true.

This spray and go phenomenon is new to me this year it has made its way to being my favourite of all time very quickly. I spray what I need to over my entire body after a bath and rub it all in and its dry within 30-45 seconds, no longer. A miracle I tell ya.

I used to despise the waiting around for it to dry and putting on my clothes to soon and being all sticky. Thankfully, I’ve never had that problem with this. This one for sure is coming into 2018 with me (I’m never letting it go!).

What beauty habits do you see yourself taking into 2018 with you?

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I sit here typing up this post listening to the Christmas Classics playlist on Spotify – a.k.a. the best playlist in existence – with my winter essential detox mask on that I just need to tell you about.

Each season brings a different skin issue for me, and throughout the colder months my main concerns are dullness and dry areas that cause blemishes. So of course a new mask on my winter skincare menu is a must and here’s my new favourite…

For a long while I had it stuck in my head that winter facemasks were all about the hydration gel masks, but how very wrong I was.

Welcome Bobbi Brown’s Instant Detox Mask, my new and very much loved companion.

My newest addition to my winter beauty essentials list is far from anything I typically use during the colder months.

A holy grail of mine used to be the GinZing mask from Origins, and although it would do the trick at hydrating and brightening the results would never last quite long enough.

Don’t get me wrong, the Origins mask is a good excuse to do a mask every few days, and you know me, I love a good pamper session at every excuse. But, it’s nice to have a mask in my life for these colder (may I add freezing) months that will last me a good week or more.

The Instant Detox mask uses a unique blend of Hawaiian Sea Water and Amazonian White Clay to help extract toxins and all the nasty gunk from your skin. Not only does it remove all impurities, it works magic on those irritating and hard to manage large pores.

For some reason my pores like to play me up more during the colder months. Maybe I just notice it more when the summer glow diminishes from my face, but lately they were really starting to get on my nerves. Although now, using this around once a week keeps that problem at bay. So far, so good!

After a few uses of this I saw a huge difference in both my pores as they were visibly reduced and also a brighter, softer and cleansed complexion as my skin felt uber soft like a baby’s bottom.

As this mask is for extracting and purifying, it is super important to ensure you hydrate your skin after. This gem deep cleanses and pretty much gives you that ‘been to the spa’ feeling for your face, so all you need to do is pop on your favourite moisturiser, serum and/or oil and you’re good to go.

It’s sleek tube packaging is easy to take away with you and the perfect solution to know how much you’ve got left. The squeezy tube is like nothing I’ve seen for a mask before and is something I actually really love about the product. There’s nothing worse than getting to the end of a favourite product and not knowing you’re about to run out is there. The squeezy tube means you can get every last bit out to, yay.

My favourite time to use this is in the evenings, usually in the bath (of course, where else?) and I pop on Bobbi Brown’s Intensive Skin Supplement straight after removing the mask to add instant hydration and nourishment. I’ll be speaking about this little gem in an upcoming post soon, don’t you worry. Sit tight, I’m pretty sure many of you will want to know about it if you love a naturally dewy and brighter complexion.

Although this is a clay mask, a type of mask known to usually be for oily skin types, this one is made for all. Lucky to as that means everyone can enjoy a bit of this goodness.

Shop this mask and many others here.

What is your winter detox essential?

 

 

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Fresh face beauty is something I’ve seriously grown to love.

Yes, minimal makeup is the ‘lazy route’ without a doubt but I also love the feel of it, the fresher more glowy skin and also finding new products for it.

I used to go all out or nothing everyday. I found it impossible to just pop on some concealer, a lick of mascara and lip balm and head out the door. Yep, every morning I’d do an entire full base, winged eyeliner and matte lipstick without fail. In the end I got really bored of it and found a more suitable makeup look that I feel good in and I’m carrying it through to winter with me to make sure I don’t fall back into my old habits.

If like me you would rather a quick and easy routine in the morning and to leave the house feeling fresher faced and ready for the day, I hope you can find some goodies to try out in my winter makeup routine.

I’ll now cut the waffling and get right into it shall I?

My new and updated routine contains very few products in comparison to what I was using, and here are my current favourites…

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer; This is an absolute must have for dehydrated winter skin. Not only does this primer prep your face for the entire day/night, it also blur blemishes and adds an instant surge of moisturise that lasts all day. A pea-sized amount of this is all you need and you’re good to go!

I skip the foundation part so feel free to add whichever is your preference. I feel primer and concealer is all anyone needs for a fresher face – and lets face it, the winter chill does wonders for your skin.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer; This lil gem is my go to for covering blemishes and hiding those god-awful panda eyes. I dab a small amount onto my ring fingers, warm it up by tapping them together a few times and dab onto the areas that need concealing. Quick, easy and effective so you can’t go wrong. This range of concealers from Urban Decay also comes in various shades for various issues such as redness and fatigue.

MAC Give Me Sun; A bronzer I use all year round to give me the sun kissed glow I desire. This warm toned bronzer is one I use all over the face, more so on the forehead and cheekbones to add some colour into my skin.

A big fluffy brush is most effective to apply this with!

Cover FX Enhancer Drops; These highlighting drops are something I can’t do my makeup without. As I like to use an equal mix of powder and liquid products I find a liquid highlighter sits so well with that glowing winter skin look. These drops are so pigmented you need to smallest amount possible and stay put whatever the weather.

Or, I either use Benefit’s GALifornia or Fenty Beauty Shimmer Skin Stix in Ridiic.

Benefit Brows; I like to mix up my brow routine so this isn’t the same everyday I have to admit. If my brows have been threaded and tinted I’ll stick to my trusty old Gimme Brow to keep them in place. Or, if they need some TLC I’ll use Benefit’s Precisely, My Brow Pencil to add some definition.

Urban Decay’s Naked Heat Palette; This warm toned palette is all I’ve been using for the past couple of months, I seriously can’t let it go. Its warm oranges and burnt shimmers are all I need to create all the warm looks I love. Can’t go wrong really!

I have a couple of mascara faves and most days I like to mix two…

IT Cosmetics Superhero Mascara; This is one I rely on for volume and length. This is a jet-black mascara to add the most amazing definition to your lashes.

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara; Then, I go in with this. I usually use this as my last coat to add more length and also comes with a great wand for the bottom lashes. If I add to choose just one it would be this.

Make Up For Ever Mist and Fix; This setting spray is my new favourite and I simply can’t finish my makeup without it. I find it locks everything, hydrates my skin and is also one I use to refresh my skin if it needs it throughout the day. This is a very handbag friendly size to, which is a bonus.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb; I wear this gloss all day every day, I’m hooked. This is a gloss that doesn’t give you that icky sticky feeling and adds a stunning bronze effect to your lips, which I think is so perfect for the Christmas season.

There we have it, my winter makeup routine. It might seem a few fair products but it only takes 15 minutes max and leaves my skin still looking like skin and lasts me for the entire day, with the occasional lip gloss top up.

What are your winter beauty favourites?

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Hello December… you’re back, yay!

How are we all? Feeling festive I bet – I sure am.

Today is one of my most favourite festive days of this month; just because today is the day you can really begin all the festivities.

As from the title you may already know that I’m back with another monthly goals post, hoping to foretell my next few weeks, my plans and what I hope to achieve. This months ‘goals post’ is an extra exciting edition as its December, which means (yep, you may have already guessed) it’s my favourite month of the year. My birthday soon and then Christmas! Could I be anymore excited?

I can’t quite get my head around the fact that it’s the last month of 2017. This year has flashed before my eyes and is the quickest year yet I think. Anyone else? So let’s see what I have in store for the final and greatest month of the year.

First up is my favourite achievement of the month… putting up all the festive décor, which is soon to come and I’m counting down the days, maybe even the minutes at this rate. There’s nothing more exciting than dancing around the tree to Christmas songs deciding where to put each bauble is there? This year I’m probably going more extra than ever and may even put up a little tree in my room, because why not.

Second is turning 22. Yes the Christmas décor is more important, oops.

Jokes aside, I’m actually very excited to turn a new age, a new chapter in my book and see what the next year holds for me. I’ve shared with you all how I currently feeling about moving onto better things in my life, and I think that’s come with age and realising there is a new chapter in my life about to begin. Having a birthday in December also feels like an extra Christmas day, so guess who’s winning there.

Thirdly has to be my most exciting plan for this month – wandering the beautiful streets of Paris. For my birthday we’re finally heading back to Paris and this time we’re putting all the more tourist led todo list behind and letting ourselves wander aimlessly, seeing what we can find and just taking it all in. They hold Christmas markets around the Champs Elysees and my plan is to use this as my excuse to be a kid again and be the most festive I can be.

Paris is probably one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been, I just fell in love with it the first time so I can’t wait to go back and take it all in again and maybe pretend I’m Parisian for a few days.

Number four is one I hope to achieve, one I’ve had rattling in my cage for a few weeks now. December is the month I hope to get back on track with blogging.

It might sound stupid trying to get back into blogging on a schedule during one of the busiest months of the year but I work best under pressure. I don’t know why but I feel happier and more inspired during the busier times of my life and December is certainly one of them. So around all the festivities and birthday plans, I hope to get back on track and I wanted to put this in here as a little reminder to myself to get my butt back in gear.

Also, a lil blog revamp might be on the cards so watch this space.

Last but by no means least is to enjoy the last month of 2017 the best I can. Last year I let December whizz before my eyes and not take it in as well as I’d hoped. But this year I aim to chill out a bit more, take it all in and join in with as many festivities as I can. I’m already filling my diary up with Christmas markets, festive events and all the fun things so fingers crossed I’m going to spend my time relaxing and reflecting the next few weeks and enjoy December as much as humanely possible.

Oh this month is going to be the best, I just can’t wait. What are your plans for December?

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At secondary school I was a very naïve person and that’s quite hard to admit.

As a teenager I thought I was happy in myself, foresaw my future and everything that I wanted to do. I saw people in their 20’s as picture-perfect. I saw them as people who had their lives all figured out. Those people seemed to reflect how I saw my early 20’s being, with a place of my own, a full-time career on lock that I wanted to pursue and have my life all figured out. I’m just about to turn 22 and I am far from what I want for my life, and that’s ok.

Right now life is moving at a million miles per minute and as scary as that is, it’s a good thing for me. Living life in the fast lane is fun and although the pace of life is giving me anxiety beyond belief, it’s helping me try and figure things out.

I finished University earlier this year, mid summer, and I’m still living my life exactly how I was then – but with more hours at work and less time writing essays. Although it sounds like heaven, its quite a hard time when you’re stuck in a rut with what to do.

After the first month or so of being student free I had more worry in me than I do now and the reason for that is time. Time can only tell my future and give me what I want.

I’m one of those people who won’t take a job, pursue a hobby or change my life if I’m not sure its going to benefit me. This mind-set has come alive over the past year or so whilst in my final year at Uni, and I kinda wish I was that person back in school – a little too late but I’m finally there.

If you want to better yourself to be the best version of you I think it all comes down to patience.

For most, school is a time of confusion but also hope. It’s a time that allows you to grow into the person you want to be but sometimes it doesn’t always pan out the way you thought it would. For example, I left University totally unaware of the ‘real world’. I’ve been in education since the age of 3 and I never understood what it was living day-to-day life without it. I became reliant upon education and found it to be an outlet where I lost myself and never had time to think what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be.

This time off over the summer has really put things into perspective for me and here’s how…

Making my own decisions. This one is very simple in the grand scheme of things but in my world it was actually a very hard thing to do. I am a very very indecisive person and throughout much of my teens I always let others decide for me. 1) It was just me wanting to put others happiness before mine and 2) I never felt mature enough to make the final decisions in case it went wrong, a.k.a. I was terrified of failure.

Failure to me was a no go zone. I never wanted it to happen to me and when it did, I would have a meltdown. Little did I know that with failure can come great success and this is something I came away from University knowing and being forever grateful for. You have to have some trial and error in your life to see results and see if things work out. So finally being able to make my own decisions and say yes without hesitating was a big step for me.

A teeny tiny thing can make the world of difference.

Learning how to be patient. Having time off sounds fun but for someone who likes to be doing things pretty much every hour that I’m awake, it can be quite the opposite. Even though my job isn’t full-time, I use up my free hours with stuff that needs to be done. I can’t sit around on my butt all day and watch Netflix, not even at the weekends and I sometimes wish I could.

Having more free time on my hands meant I had time for a lot more uneasy foot tapping and thinking, and at first I let it get me down.

However, since realising that time is my virtue I’ve been a lot calmer about the whole idea of waiting. Waiting for the right thing to come at the right time. Thankfully, this waiting and getting on with my passions has led me to be a much more patient and relaxed person, which is something I’ve always wanted to be. With patient comes time, which really can bring great things after all.

Filling my time with more ‘me time’. As I say, for 18 years of my life I’ve been in education year in, year out and as much as I loved learning and educating myself on the world, I never educated myself on me. I never sat back at thought thoroughly about how I could realistically make my life what I want it to be.

Throughout school I was that naïve person who thought my career and my goals would be given to me on a plate, just like how we were fed information at school, I thought it would be the same on the outside world once education was finito. Of course, it doesn’t work that way. You have to work for it. You have to have a plan, an idea and an end goal that is realistically achievable.

I now have time to think about me and where I want my life to go. I find myself planning out the next couple of years with more attention to detail, which I hope will pay off in the long run. I’m now an adult, I’m now mature enough to be less naïve and ignorant to the real world and become a better version of myself, the person I really want to be.

As the hun, Lana Del Rey sings, “Doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is happiness.”

 

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The cold mornings are here and there’s no stopping them.

As cosy as they can be at the weekends, they’re really not a lot of fun when you have to get out of bed are they?

Those few moments where you say 3…2…1… and prepare yourself to get that first leg out from under the covers is one I don’t look forward to, I have to be honest. I bet a lot of you understand where I’m coming from.

Don’t get me wrong, I do love the cold mornings because it means Christmas is coming and I’m a Christmas obsessed kinda girl. But when it means I’ve got to get up and ready for the day with a chill wrapped around my body, I do sometimes wonder if it’s best to just go into hibernation.

I wouldn’t say no to staying in a warm cosy bed for weeks on end I have to say.

With the colder mornings comes a much-needed quicker routine, purely due to the fact the fact that I don’t want to stand around freezing to death getting too cold before the day begins.

Typically, after I do just go for it and slump my warm body out of bed into the cold air I pop on my fluffy dressing gown and slippers straight away (probably within about 0.25 seconds), which are always ready for me as I get out of bed. Yes, I am one of those people that makes sure they’re in position the night before. I just can’t risk having to rush downstairs for them and get even colder! I always do this after my evening bath so its pretty much a habit now.

To wake myself up for the day ahead I always splash my face with cold water before I do anything else. This not only freshens up my skin and wakes me the heck up (this is one of my fave ever holy grail skincare tips), I like to get this out of the way so I don’t have to build myself up for it later on in the morning.

Then before anything else, coffee is on the agenda. Too right to ay?

I used only ever drink decaf coffee, so the morning coffee would usually just be replaced with a tea or water because effectively, decaf just doesn’t do much to wake you up. I just preferred the taste over the ‘buzz’. But now I’ve gone back to caffeinated coffees, I’ve gone a little bit mad for them. My usual morning coffee at the minute is an Americano or a soya latte made from my Nespresso machine. Now I’m back on the coffee grind, I kinda can’t have a morning without coffee, oops.

Surprisingly, I’m not actually of those people who scroll through social media first thing in the morning whilst lying in bed. I like to leave that for when I have my breakfast and am up out of bed. I sometimes do it at the weekends and find myself lying there for a good hour or so, and that just wouldn’t be ideal if I wanted to get up on during the week. P.S. my morning breakfast is always cereal because I’m just obsessed. I branch out a bit further at the weekends, especially when it’s brunch because brunch is just my favourite meal ever.

Once I’m sat down with my cereal and coffee, that’s when I open my laptop and see what’s going on with the world.

I usually either scroll Twitter or catch up with YouTube whilst scrolling Instagram on my phone. The latter option is my favourite way to get some morning motivation in for some reason. Scrolling through others feeds really gets me inspired, anyone else? On that note, I have a post coming very soon on all of my favourite accounts so far. So stay tuned cos I’ve got some real gooduns.

If I’m feeling it, I’ll start writing a post straight away. For some reason I work better first thing in the morning and that motivation lasts most of the day if I just get to it right away. It’s most probably the coffee sitting by my side to blame for my morning motivation, lets be honest, but lets just pretend it’s my brain functioning by itself shall we?

Writing a post first thing is actually one of my favourite ways to start my day. Getting things done in the morning usually means I’ll stay motivated for the rest of the day and I love to sleep at night knowing I’ve got a lot done.

A productive morning always needs a tea or coffee (or many), so this cold morning routine is essential if I want it to happen.

If it’s the weekend or I don’t need to head out the door right away I try and stay makeup free for as long as possible. A naked face means I can sit in a slump if I need to, especially when I’m brain storming with my head in my hands. Or it means I will get the gym out of the way instead of putting it off all day and then end up not going.

But, if the day entails an event for makeup my current makeup routine is usually a tonne of moisturiser, some primer, mascara, brow gel, bronzer and some good old highlighter. Oh yeah, and my can’t live without setting spray to freshen up my face after staring at a screen for god knows how long before the day has even begun. You can read all about that here.

And that my friends is my cold mornings routine I stick to if I want to get sh*t done. It works a treat, especially when coffee is involved (and all the comfy clothes at the weekends).

What do you do to have a productive morning?

Megan ♥

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Oh hello there, we meet again. I am back with another post *mini squeal* as I finally feel like I’m getting my mojo back.

Getting my laptop out of its case no longer feels like an effort as many ideas are whizzing around in my head. A feeling I haven’t had in a while and if I’m honest, I’ve really missed it.

Writing is my creative outlet and not being very inspired lately has really had a strain on my mood. I feel I need to write and create more often than not to feel myself and I’m starting to gain that feeling back so hurrah, yay, let’s go!

Today’s post is a fashion one, a personal one and one I’ve had in mind for a while.

Let’s begin with saying that I’m no fashion guru. I would never see myself as a style inspiration (as much as I’d love to be) but I have recently come to the realisation that I *think* I’ve finally found my style.

Before starting a blog as well as during the first year of Life With MCM, I thought beauty talk was all I could manage. Buying and trying new makeup and skincare on a regular basis was my thing and I love sharing my ideas and thoughts on products, the latest trends and all that beauty goodness. However, a little while ago I decided to kick-start the ‘fashion’ section on my blog hoping to find my style. I had the idea that writing about fashion would make me fall more in love with it and also help me experiment more, and it’s done exactly that.

When I say ‘I’ve found my style’ I don’t only mean one look, one impression, I mean I’ve found out what suits me, what I want to experiment with and also what pieces I want in my wardrobe.

I’ve mentioned before about being stuck in a rut with the same cycle of clothes. I never used to try new things and would always find myself buying the same old tops and jeans from the same old stores and nothing else. In the end it got really boring and I never thought I could be into fashion as much as I’d always wanted to be.

So, when I started this new section on my blog it meant I needed inspiration. Of course, I headed straight for Instagram and Pinterest and questioned why others would look so damn great in their clothes and had such confidence when wearing them. One day it dawned upon me that these people wear what the heck they want. They wear their clothes with confidence and passion, and that’s because they think about their style and what they want their style to be. It was clear that in order to find your style, it was important to have a bit of trial and error in your life.

For years I thought the only way to put an outfit together was to copy others and just buy the most basic things on the rails. I’d never dare myself to try something new, that idea was just horrifying to me.

Since I’ve experimented more, tried things I’d never think to in a million years and listened to my own style thoughts, I’ve started to feel happier in my clothes. I now know what I want and how I want to style it, instead of just copying what I see online and what I think is ‘right’.

More recently it dawned on me that various fashion brands have subconsciously spoke to me and told me to go out of my comfort zone. I found myself going into different shops, seeing new items and putting potential outfits together in my head.

After visiting the Nasty Gal Pop Up on Carnaby Street and was surrounded by clothes I envied but never thought I could pull off, I had a sudden realisation that I can wear those things if I really want to. It’s not a crime to wear what we want, and whatever you feel great in is what you should be wearing – even if it is a little different than what you’re used to or feel accustomed to wear.

I think online platforms, such as Instagram and Pinterest, can make us think we have to dress a certain way, dress like others and copy others style, when in fact these platforms are there to inspire – if you let them.

Now, when I go online I never think ‘I want to be that person, I need to wear what they are’. I go online, search for fashion inspiration in order to inspire my own wardrobe. Not to copy, to inspire.

Seriously, try that wacky jumper, those unusual trousers or those cute shoes – if it makes you feel good, feel confident, feel you then you’ve found your style.

The only person that can wear your style is you, right?

Megan ♥

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Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, wherever you are in the world. How are you?

Today I finally have something new to show you on my beauty menu and it feels so good to be writing a beauty post again, it certainly feels like too long.

Now that summer is over and all the new trends are rolling in in the makeup world, I’m (about darn time) feeling excited about makeup again. I haven’t worn foundation in the longest time now, I must admit. I’ve gone the entire summer without it and my face just feels so much fresher without it. So, primers, concealers and all that jazz have been my go to.

I had to open my laptop and start writing because I suddenly realised I needed to tell you about my favourite duo of the moment. Funnily enough, I was just fantasizing about makeup, as you do, and had the urge to discuss.

So…

You know when you’ve a good few damn good beauty products that make you question how you lived without them? Yep, that’s what today’s blog post is all about. I’ve got two seriously dreamy products that work wonders for prepping and setting your makeup, no matter the base.

Make Up For Ever have never actually done me wrong so it’s no surprise I loved these products I’m about to tell you all about.

Seeing as I haven’t been wearing foundation, a primer is my saviour to hydrated my face before applying powder based products. Their Step 1 Primer is one of the most effective smoothing primers I’ve used yet. As I’m not using anything more than concealer to hide blemishes, a good primer is essential to help me out that bit further.

Although the Step 1 Primer is super lightweight and quite fine, once applied it turns into a hydrating gel-like primer that instantly blurs most things I need it to. Of course, this stuff can’t hide a spot but it hides imperfections and any texture I’ve got going on.

As far as my base is concerned, it stays put all day and I find it mattifies my skin and keeps my oily T-zone at bay whilst keeping my face hydrated and smooth. This is a real multi-tasker I have to say.

Then it’s onto the very last step in your makeup routine… setting spray. A.k.a. the product I can’t live without.

Make Up For Ever’s Mist and Fix Setting Spray is one of those products I feel lost without if I don’t use it to finish my makeup. To me, a setting spray is essential and my makeup doesn’t feel done until it’s on so I really can’t miss this step. It’s like forgetting to butter your toast, you just don’t do it do you.

I find some setting sprays a bit hit and miss. All of them, which I’ve tried, have always been hydrating. You just can’t beat that freshen up and coolness on your face after you’ve finished your makeup.

But, this Make Up For Ever one just feels like it actually does something – you know what I mean? Once you spritz a few pumps all over your face everything seems to come together, it honestly feels so great. It gives me that YES feeling, hence why I can’t finish my makeup without it.

It does indeed set your makeup and it makes it last a heck of a lot longer. In my opinion I think this has to be my favourite of all time and I’m really afraid for it to run out but it’s a definite repurchase, that’s for sure.

Prepping and setting my makeup has never felt so good.

You can have a little browse of the goodies here.

What are your prepping and finishing products?

 

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Although I love makeup, trying out new products and techniques and finding new favourites I am certainly no pro, as much as I’d like to be. So attending a Bobbi Brown Masterclass in their London Pro Studio was pretty much a dream come true.

As much makeup shopping I’ve done throughout the years, I had never actually visited a Pro Store. I used to stick to shopping in department stores and online, but I can tell you now that this experience has changed my mind. Being able to speak to specialists and having one space dedicated to one brand was really a great feeling. I found the whole makeup testing and browsing scenario stress-free to, as the store was so serene and beautifully set out. No joke, the Bobbi Brown stands are to die for. I wish I could have one of those in my room I tell ya.

At the master class we got to watch Bobbi Brown Makeup Artist and master of the flawless face, Lampros Faslis work his magic. He created the perfect Christmas party night out look with warm glowy skin, smoky eyes and a berry toned lip. Ugh, it was so beautiful.

I am oh-so glad that we were given pen and paper, and a cute little Bobbi Brown board may I add, to write down some notes. When I say some I’m totally lying, I wrote down a tonne. I think I took home over 5 pages of notes because Lampros was dishing out his greatest tricks that I just could never risk forgetting.

 

1. For a natural base – apply concealer first

When applying a base I feel everyone does it that little bit differently don’t they? But after watching the Bobbi Brown Pro work his magic I now understand that if you don’t want a cakey base then apply the concealer first. If you wish to conceal spots, blemishes and under eyes, if you do that first then cover the leftover areas with your foundation, you wont have one product sitting on top of one another. Instead, you’ll have a much lighter base but with everywhere still covered.

Its quite easy to just go over the top of one another and thinking you need to, but if you’re concealer conceals what you want it to then there’s no need to go over it again!

 

 2. Don’t apply a stick foundation from the bullet

When I’ve tried stick foundations in the past I always wondered why my face would feel so cakey and my base would feel so heavy, now I know why. I was applying it all wrong if I wanted to achieve a natural and lightweight base.

I first used a stick foundation by applying it straight from the bullet and blending with a beauty sponge. Clearly, I thought that was the only and logical way. However, Lampros used the Bobbi Brown Face Multitasking brush and dabbed it onto their Foundation Stick, and then applied to the face *amazed*.

This makeup application was closely followed by me having a face palm moment and wondered how I hadn’t thought of this before (probably the reason he’s the pro and I’m not). Applying the foundation this way makes the product lighter weight, more natural looking and means you can build it if you wish. Whereas if you apply it straight from the stick I find it becomes a full heavy weight foundation straight away and there’s no stopping it. I have to admit, this was my favourite tip from the class. I’ve been terrified ever since using my first one as it just wouldn’t blend or tone down… I

 

 3. Use a mix of cream and powder products

Although I have quite a normal skin type, I do suffer with oiliness and dry patches, it all just depends on my hormones. The joys of being female ay.

I do find that if I use too many liquid/cream products I can end up very greasy within a few hours. The same goes for using a lot of powder products; I can end up feeling too dry and flat after a little while. I want my makeup to last all day, not just a good few hours, ya feel me? If so, listen up.

Lampros taught us that using a mix of powder and cream products is what your skin needs to increase the longevity of your makeup, no matter your skin type. So the trick is, if you use a powder to set and a powder based bronzer, mix it up with a cream blush or vice versa, whatever you fancy. I find having an equal mix, as much as you can, leaves your base feeling and staying fresh.

 

 4. Prevent shadow crease the Lampros way

Now, I have a habit of using a concealer followed by a loose powder to set my eyelid and it’s annoyingly stuck for a very long time. I really thought there was no other easy way around it and it always worked for me for a fair few hours. But it usually ended up creasing if I wore lighter eyeshadows and I no idea why.

At the masterclass I was taught many magical things and one being that you don’t need any liquid or cream base to set the lid. If you’ve gone in with skincare, especially a hydrating non-oily eye cream, then just use a bone colour shadow to set the lid. This way is quick, easy and effective and I’ve found that my shadow no longer creases. I think the lighter the base the less likely it is for your shadows to cling to the liquid/cream product underneath once it seeps through the powder. Genius!

 

 5. Lip care is too important to miss

I must admit, I don’t look after my lips enough and I really should in this colder weather. I wouldn’t say that I suffer with dry lips very often *touch wood*, but when I do my god does it hurt. So to prevent that I really need to up my lip care game, don’t I?

In the class the importance of lip care was highlighted just as much as skincare was. Whether you’re going for a minimal glossy lip or for full matte, applying a balm before your makeup gives your lips the hydration they need. This is a tip I’ve been using since and it makes the world of difference in both softness and helping my lip products last that bit longer.

And with those tips in mind, here is the look Lampros created. A beautiful warm toned festive party look with the most flawless base. I know, isn’t it beautiful?

If you want to know how to recreate the look stay tuned as I will be posting a step by step tutorial of me recreating it for myself for a Christmas party look. Let’s just hope my hands can work half the magic Lampros’ can.

Thank you so much to Bobbi Brown for having me, I sure learnt a LOT!

Which tips will you be taking away with you?

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I’ve been sitting around umming and ahhing the past few days contemplating whether or not my life is going the way I want it to. I’m sure you’ve all been there. You know those few days that come around every now and again where you feel different, maybe a bit confused or discombobulated.

I always blame it on the changing seasons when I feel like this and I still genuinely believe that’s what it is. The change fro autumn to winter gives me the same feeling spring to summer and winter to spring makes me feel – a bit dazed, unsure but ready for change.

It’s usually the beginning of a new season where I feel unmotivated and they seem to be coming around a lot quicker than they used to. But after a few weeks I always find my feet. Sometimes it can take a little longer than other times, especially with the shorter days.

Back in school when life was that bit easier, the days felt longer as did the weeks, months and seasons. But now I’m an adult it’s a much faster journey so when a new season rolls around so fast, its hard to be 100% ready.

What actually inspired this post was my hair change that temporarily happened the other day. I decided to straighten my hair after 4 years of not doing so. Yes, 4 years! I have naturally thick curly hair so when I got fed up of straightening it day in day out, I decided to wear it curly and it stuck. As much as I have grown to love my natural hair, the sudden change felt weird and quite scary (I know its only hair, but 4 years is a long long time) but most importantly it felt kinda good.

I’m not one to change up the way I do my hair and makeup every single day. As you can tell, I’ve worn my hair pretty much the same for years. So a little change here and there is something I’m going to stick to doing as it freshens things up a bit doesn’t it?

Anyway, enough about my hair and my waffling thoughts, let me tell you why I think change is good for you. Even if you are like me, and 90% of the time like to stick to your routine and go with what you know best.

Whether or not I’m ready for it, it’s taught me that change (in any part of life) is a good thing. And here’s why.

SPARKING A NEW TRAIN OF THOUGHT. I find that when I stop and make time to think and change or switch up my routine a little, that’s when I feel most inspired to try something new. It’s then when I do something new or different that I want to continue that cycle and try more and more things.

For example, when I changed my hairstyle, I then had new outfit ideas spring to mind and even new makeup looks I want to try out. It’s that little something different in your mind that can spark new ideas.

IT’S V GOOD FOR THE SOUL. As much as I do like some routine in my life and it’s not always easy to change things up, it is very good for the mind and soul. I find myself stuck in a rut sometimes and getting frustrated with the same old, same old. So when I do bring change into my life, or the new seasons give me a little push, I have such a clearer, more free and creative mind-set.

My head feels in a v good place when I bring change and do something a little out of the ordinary for me.

Anything from changing up my makeup look, my blog content or starting a new hobby, its all part of a life lesson and it really does something for the soul.

FINDING YOURSELF. If you often find yourself taking each day as the same cycle of events you may indeed get a little bored. You may find yourself losing motivation and all the things you need to help you flourish. I sure need change in my life to get my motivation back.

Trying out and doing new things helps you experience more, which then could lead to discovering hidden loves and talents. I started up yoga again not so long back and rediscovered why I loved it so much and how happy it can make me feel.

I find bringing change into my life has actually helped me say YES a heck of a lot easier. I used to be one of those people who were quite happy with saying no to trying new things. But the more and more I bring change, the more I’m learning to take on new experiences and not miss out on golden opportunities.

You never know until you try something, right?

Wow. It really is amazing how much a new season and hairstyle can make you think. I quite like being able to share my sudden thoughts with those who wish to read, and I really hope this advice helps you like it has me.

Do you bring change into your life often enough? If you hesitate or simply think no, then try it, change up your routine, try something new, see how it makes you feel.

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I didn’t really know what to call this post. I sat at my laptop and stared at a blank screen for around 10 minutes just gathering my thoughts and thinking of exactly what to write. But, to be quite honest I’m not actually 100% sure on exactly what I’ll write today. In my head I want to give you all (and rectify with myself) a lil life update. Nothing serious. I’ve just transitioned into a ‘not so motivated because I want to embrace all the cosy, dark and blanketed nights in’ when a matter of fact is that I’ve hated not being at my laptop writing up content. As quite honestly, it’s one of my favourite things todo.

Whilst I was at uni I was on my laptop every single day without fail. I had to be. I had to be on the go commuting and that meant laptop time, as did whilst I was at uni and also at home. When my laptop is open my creativity just flows, and sometimes I can’t stop it for hours on end as I just get carried away. The problem is, now that I don’t have to be on my laptop pretty much most hours I’m awake, it’s hard to actually get it open.

Lately, I find myself sometimes catching my laptop out the corner of my eye and think ‘meh, I’ll get to it in 15 minutes’. You know the drill. 15 minutes pass and I forget all about that thought. Then, the following day comes around and the same things happen again. It’s a vicious cycle and one I’m slowly but surely climbing out of.

I think 3 continuous years of being online at uni made me want and need time off from it all. I feel like now that I’ve had that time its ready to get back on track. Well, at least I hope it is.

It really got me down when I thought about the time I used to daily blog. It seemed then that I was on top of things, a better blogger and more motivated. In reality, it’s not that way at all.

Daily blogging was fun and I do think I’ll go back to it. But there comes a time when it gets too much and a less busy schedule suited me better after 7/8 months of it. I’ve seen many bloggers, influencers and YouTubers around me lessen the amount of content they’re putting out and there is nothing wrong with that at all. It’s good to not be so hard on yourself and take sometime to think about when, what and why you want to create and upload. You need to make yourself happy, and that’s exactly what I told myself.

I’ve changed my schedule massively and I aim to get back into a more (but not too) strict routine. I want to upload on regular days, if I can, and get back into the swing of it. If there’s a day I don’t fancy taking some pictures or writing a post then so be it. After all, I’d only want to post content I’m happy with and hope my readers want to read until the end and actually enjoy.

I think sticking to a regular but less busy schedule will be better for me, for me. Who knows how it’ll change in the future?

I’m currently on the hunt for my dream job and enjoying my time being free with my blog, my daily life and myself. It feels good to be getting back on my feet.

Fingers crossed writing out all these emotions and having it feature on my blog will give me that lil kick up the backside that I’ve needed. Next time I look down at my laptop and have second thoughts, I will open it up and see where it takes me.

Wow that felt so good to write.

Anyone else had a slump and needed to get it out to get back on track?

Megan ♥

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